The display issue was only on tv broadcast 16:9 h264 channels all the other content displayed properly I am not sure about the iptv but it would be 16:9 HD quality. It is an lg tv and changing the aspect ratio from 16:9 to just scan fixed the issue but there is nothing different about the picture it is not bigger it is not smaller its just that the ghosting or what ever you call it disappear on the hd broadcast. I tried the roku media player and the issue is gone there as well. Now if only silicondust can work with roku to speed up the tunning it would be a great little device but without that it will serve just for iptv service and if I am lazy to change tv inputs.
With our playback of any media we always send the capabilities to the server prior to playback. Because the Roku can have audio redirected either to the headphone jack of the remote or to any device using the Roku remote control app we cannot be sure what the audio capabilities are of the device prior to playback. It might change at any moment. So part of the delay is us sending the full capabilities to the server every single time you play an item to make it aware of what we want. This has the added benefit of allowing the playback correction since we use the capabilities to control playback correction and simulate errors. This is a better way to handle it because it puts the server in control always of how to deliver the media based on how the Roku reports the capabilities to it.
The only other way to speed it up might be unacceptable to you. We could buffer video while you look at an items detail screen. The issue is LiveTV isn't an area where users spend next to any time on the detail screen. So background buffering to provide instant play once the user presses play on the detail screen play button would not help for liveTV. It would actually be worse because it may buffer and get ready to play something you are never interested in playing. This is also why it isn't done for normal media items either. We cannot be sure when you enter a detail screen that you will in fact press play every time. If we could predict when a user would press play on the detail screen versus go hmm.. not what i want and navigate back we could possibly provide this.
So things do happen for a reason in all that initial buffering/wait the user must progress through. Some of it we could be doing better but for the most part what we do on Roku is required to keep it easy for you to change playback method and qualities on-the-fly during playback. We are faster than the competition and noticeably so when launching video or liveTV on Roku. The difference is measurable and we are almost 2x faster than their launch times and this is according to users on their own forums doing comparison. So you are getting a far better experience with us than them and we will always try to get this faster. You will also notice our audio player is faster. I have a new method for changing audio playback that is also near seamless. It requires a new music player(I call it jukebox attract mode) that may possibly get included one day. It is a little advanced for what other apps can do(AppleTV certainly cannot do this) so this might need to wait until the time gets here. I have lots of ideas that are too far ahead in the future to apply now. I am a little too far ahead of the curve on some things and my ideas are too advanced. But we have those things now and when the time comes it will be easy to apply them.
Please keep us entertained about what features/issues are most important to you. Without feedback it is hard to suggest change. I need you and others to chime in about areas where you feel we could be doing better. In this way it gives me more of a voice besides my own when trying to get some of these things adopted into the app. Anything you feel missing or lacking or where it feels unpolished, messy, or just done in a way that gives the app a sour look. Anything where you think flaws exist please be very very critical. Don't be afraid to pick it apart to pieces. We want this. We want to do better but without some sort of compass to tell us where users expect change we can only change what we think is best. With better guidance from users we can better give you what you want much faster. I appreciate all feedback good/bad/ugly. To know where we stand is important. How do you feel we do on the Roku app? Be honest. Compare us to the competition. We don't mind. We want honest unadulterated feedback. We want you happy. Thanks.
Edited by speechles, 23 April 2019 - 10:50 AM.